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Court drops incitement charges against Bobasi MP

By Eric Abuga | July 9th 2020

Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri has been acquitted of incitement charges he was facing at the Kisii Law courts.

Chief Magistrate Nathan Shihundu ruled on an application filed by Obiri's Counsel Katwa Kigen seeking to have the charges dropped saying the case lacked merit.

Shihundu made the ruling on the case Thursday morning. The MP had been charged alongside his bodyguard Charles Nyakweba and one other person.

The law maker was charged that on May 6, 2018 at Getanga sub-location in Sameta sub-county within Kisii County, without authority, he entered County 45 Investment Limited Quarry and blocked the entrance, thereby creating disturbance.

The count on incitement read that on May 6, 2018 while at Masongo in Kisii County, and without lawful excuse, the MP uttered words meant to incite locals against quarry workers.

The MP will now face the last count of breach of peace. His counsel has already filled an application to have the charge dropped.

The Magistrate said he will rule on the application in July 30, 2020.

The legislator had dramatically been arrested outside Hilton Hotel in Nairobi in May 2018.

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